Shane MacGowan’s Dental Implants

By on November 30, 2020
Dental implants

Has there ever been anyone in the music world more infamous for the state of their teeth (or lack thereof) than Shane MacGowan? Rising to fame through the ‘80s with his band The Pogues, it wasn’t long until fans slowly (or rather, pretty quickly) started to see the singer’s teeth whittle away to the point where there wasn’t much left, giving Shane his famous toothless snarl (and slurred indistinguishable speech), before finally losing the final clinger-on around 2009.

This all changed a few years ago when at a fundraiser in Dublin for homeless charity Focus Irl, he stepped out and caught everyone off guard with a sparkling set of perfect looking dental implants; quite a departure from the toothless smile we’ve all been used to for so long.

Turns out he finally decided to do something about it after all these years, but what exactly was involved? Let’s dive in and take a closer look.

In the meantime, if you’ve recently lost or damaged a tooth, stick around ‘til the end to find out all about the amazing savings you stand to make when choosing to undergo your dental implant surgery in Turkey.

So What Exactly are Dental Implants?

Unlike other options for missing or damaged teeth, dental implants are essentially designed to totally replicate a natural tooth in shape, size, color, and function, rather than simply plugging the gap. There are three main parts that make up a dental implant, and they break down as such:

Firstly, a small titanium screw (the implant itself) needs to be placed tightly into the jawbone. Here it acts as the root of the tooth, and through a process known as osseointegration, it fuses with the surrounding jawbone and gum tissue to become one with its surroundings. Once the titanium implant has been installed, patients will need to wait several months to let the area heal before returning for the next part of the procedure.

In some instances, there may not be an adequate enough amount of jawbone mass for the osseointegration process to work successfully. This can often occur when a tooth has been missing for some time, and the jawbone underneath erodes as more and more time passes. This will certainly have been a factor with our man-of-the-hour Shane’s procedure (and likely part of the reason why it took a reported 6 separate procedures to get the job done!).

The next part that makes up a dental implant is the abutment. This is a connective piece, and it’s installed on top of the implant where it can serve as an anchor to the dental crown. Most abutments are typically made of titanium, just like the implant screw.

The third and final piece of the puzzle is the dental crown. This sits on top of the abutment where it serves as the replacement tooth. Most dental crowns are made of ceramic or porcelain and are incredibly robust. As far as you or anyone else will be concerned, a ceramic or porcelain dental crown perfectly replicates the look, feel, and function of any other natural tooth. Although Shane has just one made of gold—to be stylish.

Are There Different Types of Dental Implant?

There are a few different types of a dental implant, depending on whether you’re looking to replace a single tooth, a few teeth, or an entire set (as was the case with Mr. MacGowan). There are also a few further options available for each of these options, which we’ll take you through right now:

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Single dental implant

Perhaps the most common form of dental implant surgery is to replace a single missing or damaged tooth. As mentioned above, a single titanium screw is fit tightly into the jawbone, and a single ceramic or porcelain crown is placed on top, with the abutment to hold the two together.

Implant-supported bridge

Sometimes a couple of adjacent teeth may be lost or need replacing, and in instances such as these, an implant-supported bridge could be the way to go. If three adjacent teeth have been lost for example, then a crown made to look like three teeth can be placed over two titanium implants (where the roots of the outer teeth would’ve been). The same can be done with a crown made to look like two teeth with an implant below one of the two, or any number of teeth for that matter.

Full mouth dental implants

There are a couple of different options available when it comes to full mouth dental implants, each involving a variety of titanium implants. On the simpler end of the scale, just two implants up top and two implants on the bottom can support a full set of dentures, with the implants placed where the roots of the canines were. A full set of removable dentures supported by small pop studs are then placed on top of the gums, which will allow them to be removed for any necessary cleaning or repair.

Alternatively, a fixed bridge with a full set of 12 teeth can be installed over 4 to 6 dental implants, only this time only your dentist will be able to remove it. Unlike other options, full mouth dental implants can tend to need some maintenance every now and then, so it’ll be important to visit your dentist regularly.

While we don’t have any official word on the matter here or there, we can only assume—given the complete lack of any teeth prior to the dental implant surgery—that a gleaming set of full mouth dental implants is the option Shane MacGowan went with (finally).

Getting Dental Implants in Turkey

If you’ve come this far and you’ve been thinking that dental implants may be the thing for you, then you’ll be pleased to know there are all kinds of amazing savings waiting for you when you choose to get dental implants Turkey

Dental implant surgery is by no means cheap, and there’s a lot going on. Because of this, those undergoing the procedure in the UK can often find themselves paying as much as £2,500 per tooth. For the exact same treatment in Turkey, however, you could stand to save thousands of pounds, all the while enjoying an amazing trip to an amazing country.

So if you want to be like Shane and take the plunge, and you want to save yourself thousands of pounds by getting the treatment in Turkey, get in contact today for your free all-inclusive dental implants treatment package quote.

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Shane MacGowan’s Dental Implants